Skip to main content

1878-1899: Government and Politics

1878-1899: Chapter Six: Government and Politics

by RODNEY P. CARLISLE AND JANE GERHARD

CONTENTS

CHRONOLOGY 178

OVERVIEW 185

TOPICS IN THE NEWS

American Government in the Gilded Age 188

Boodle 189

American Party Politics 190

Stalwarts, Half Breeds, and Mugwumps: A Glossary 192

American Politics: Reforming the Spoils System 193

American Politics Southern Style 193

Domestic Concerns: Monetary Reform 195

Bryans Cross of Gold 196

Domestic Concerns: Regulating Commerce 197

Financing the Federal Government 198

The Amorous President 199

Government and Labor 199

Indian Policy 201

International Affairs: Hawaii and the Spanish American War 202

The Dreadful White House 205

Movements for Change: Nationalists and Single Taxers 205

Movements for Change: Populism and Progressivism 206

Movements for Change: Temperance and Prohibition 207

Presidential Elections 208

HEADLINE MAKERS

Chester A. Arthur 212

William Jennings Bryan 213

Grover Cleveland 214

George Dewey 215

James A. Garfield 216

Mark Hanna 216

Benjamin Harrison 218

Rutherford B. Hayes 218

William McKinley 219

PUBLICATIONS 220

Sidebars and tables are listed in italics.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"1878-1899: Government and Politics." American Eras. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"1878-1899: Government and Politics." American Eras. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 22, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/1878-1899-government-and-politics

"1878-1899: Government and Politics." American Eras. . Retrieved September 22, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/1878-1899-government-and-politics

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.